...................... and no longer need to wear a kidney belt.
I just had my car tuned by Tom Morris and Gary Fries. This is by far the best thing you can do to improve the performance of the X3. Tommy and Gary have been friends since high school and have put in hundreds of hours getting the X3’s Fox suspension to where it should be. Can Am left a ton of performance out of these shocks by not taking proper advantage of the internal bypass design. It’s almost a joke to look at the internals and see what Can Am did with the bypass circuitry. There are only two small bypass holes in the middle of the shock travel, leaving nearly all the performance advantage of a position sensitive bypass shock unused. I’m sure the lawyers wanted the car stiff and unyielding so that anyone could drive it without rolling the car. So, as delivered from the factory, the suspension does not move well over rocks and square edges because nearly all the flow has to go through the piston. Stock the car drives through big bumps OK, but is very harsh, bottoms too easily and is somewhat unbalanced. For a tuner to properly unlock the performance available in the Fox shocks, it is necessary to drastically both modify and add bypass ports to the existing bypass tube. Then valve the piston to work with that new bypass arrangement. This requires machining the inner tube, adding or modifying leaf ports and tons of testing to make them work right. Tom has been responsible for the suspension of many top off-road teams for over 25 years. He now is responsible for tuning nearly all the off-road vehicles used by our military’s special forces groups. I kept bumping into him during testing sessions out in the desert when our company was developing infrared lighting systems for special forces vehicles and he was doing suspension. When Gary bought an X3 and Tom drove it for the first time he was horrified at how harsh the suspension was stock. The two of them went on a mission to fix it, even though Gary was retired from the shock business and Tom hand his hands full of military commitments.
I just put 500 miles on my car in Baja with the new suspension. We drove everything from tight, rocky technical trail, to hacked up and whooped out SCORE course. The car is a joy to drive now, just plush enough to suck up rocks and square edges without being too “floaty” and yet will charge through ugly poorly synched whoops while staying flat, balanced and comfortable. There is a really beat up section along the coast that I’ve always dreaded in a side by side. It was actually fun in the X3. I had to wait a fairly long time for everyone else to catch up. If I was going to race it, I might make it a little stiffer, or if I was just cruising jeep roads I might take out some high speed compression, but overall it was awesome right out of the box. And if I want to change it, I still have all the range of the clickers. Thanks for all the hard work guys, this thing rocks now.
X2 here also!Can anyone provide contact information, pricing, etc.? Is there a website link for Gary? After 350 miles of stock valving, I'm ready to look into this. Thanks for any info.
Just make sure you pressure wash them off really good so Gary won't chew your ass for sending dirty Shocks that he will end up cleaning before tear down. Lol. Seriously some people do send him stuff that's Filthy. So I would say out of respect just pressure wash them good.Just go with Gary. Save yourself the headache. It's a different car
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